Storm hitting western Michigan continuing south

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Like many parts of the country, Michigan can expect continued accumulating snow over the next day.

Like many parts of the country, Michigan can expect continued accumulating snow over the next day.

National Weather Service data

As the storm system moves south through the state, it will continue to dump heavy snow in parts of Michigan Thursday and a winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the southwestern lower peninsula.

The warning, in effect until 10 a.m. Jan. 7, is for Allegan, Kalamazoo, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, Ottawa and Van Buren counties.

"Light lake effect snow showers this morning will gradually intensify and migrate closer to the lakeshore this evening, with locally heavy accumulations possible," the National Weather Service states on its website.

Heavy snow can be expected with accumulations of 4 to 12 inches. Wind gusts are expected to die down and remain under 10 miles per hour for most of the western side of the state.

The winter weather could make travel difficult with blowing snow still reducing visibility. According to the NWS, visibility issues will greatly affect the commutes into Friday morning for the affected counties.

"A dominant band of heavy lake effect snow will develop later this afternoon into tonight. Snowfall rates over 1" per hour are likely within this band, making road clearing efforts challenging at best," the NWS forecast states.

Other areas closer to central parts of the state will also see the weather system. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Kent county until 7 p.m. Thursday and for Barry and Calhoun counties until 10 a.m. Friday. Travel will be impacted with up to 4 inches of accumulating snow, icy road conditions and slippery road conditions that could affect evening commutes.

With the storm system moving south into parts of Indiana, the central and eastern parts of the state will see much less snow than the western side.